Council U Turn on Garden Waste

After years of campaigning by Labour to get free collection for small amounts of garden waste, there is finally good news for residents.

The Council’s website now says: ‘Reasonable quantities of garden waste can be collected free of charge – just put it in tied refuse sacks and/or dustbins along with other domestic rubbish for collection.  Please note that where crews find more than five sacks of garden waste, they have been instructed to refer the matter back to the Council, which may decide that the quantity presented constitutes a bulk clearance for which collection charges apply.’

Previously a £15 charge for collection was applied to all garden waste, even small amounts. Graveney Ward Councillor Andy Gibbons said: ‘ A while ago I spoke to an older resident in my area who loves gardening but said she simply couldn’t pay the council to take away her garden rubbish and didn’t have the space to compost all her clippings. So I’m pleased that this stealth tax has been removed and I’m sure Wandsworth’s residents will be too’

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